Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq advocated for dialogue between India and Pakistan and demanded a halt on the process of demographic change and revocation of laws especially since August 2019.

In an apparent reference to the ongoing Delimitation process in Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat said that the Centre should stop all steps being undertaken for demographic change and repeal the laws that disempower the people of J&K. It also demanded the release of hundreds of political prisoners and youngsters who are languishing in jails or under house arrest.

The Hurriyat noted that the “peace in the region can only be achieved by resolution of the Kashmir conflict through dialogue among India and Pakistan and the people of J&K”.

The Hurriyat faction led by Farooq in its statement said, “The recent rise in killings of Kashmiris in Jammu and Kashmir is a grim reminder of the need to resolve the Kashmir conflict urgently and prevent the region from getting consumed by it.

“The silencing of guns on the LoC by india and Pakistan provided the much needed relief to the residents of LoC living constantly under its shadow. It also pointed to a thaw in India-Pakistan relations, always a welcome development for the people of Jammu and Kashmir who see it as a harbinger of engagement and dialogue between the two neighbours and the way forward for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” the amalgam said.

Hurriyat’s statement comes as India and Pakistan’s have agreed to stop firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Both the countries had agreed to stop firing at LoC with effect from midnight of February 24-25. While demanding release of ‘political prisoners’, Hurriyat said, “(JKLF chairman) Yasin Malik, a heart patient, needs immediate replacement of a 25-year-old heart valve as per his family sources, while Shabir Shah’s health has deteriorated in jail as he is suffering from various ailments”.